The dervishes look like insensitive to the presence of the public who sometimes forgets he is not folklore but a religious rite. Dervishes dance with repetitive step, arms raised, raised right hand to heaven and left to ground. The hand also is carried by the movement of body and lifting dresses that seem to fly to another world.
When the music stops, the dervishes are grouped in twos or threes and return to the status quo, their spirit and their heads do not seem disturbed … Have they reached the state of trans sought by these rotations?
Hypnotized by the music, rhythm prevails the dervishes into a dance called « sama ».
The dervishes are insensitive to the presence of the public who sometimes forgets he is not in a folk happening but in a religious rite. They continue their repetitive, head down, arms raised, the right hand facing the sky and the left one down to the earth. The music stops, the dervishes are grouped in two or three and return to stillness, their minds and their heads do not seem disturbed … Have they reached the trance?
It is generally believed to be the ancient Mount Chimaera. It is the site of dozens of small fires which burn constantly from vents in the rocks on the side of the mountain. Directly below the fires are the ruins of the temple of Hephaistos, the Greek god who was associated with fire through his role as the blacksmith to the gods.